A MAN made an "absolute nuisance" of himself to emergency call handlers because he was "paranoid on cocaine," a court heard.

Adam Baker, of High Street in Rhos, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday for sentence.

The 25-year-old had previously admitted that between November 11 and 12, he persistently made use of a public communications network for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another.

He'd also admitted possessing cocaine on November 12.

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Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court that during the evening and early hours of the morning, police received 14 emergency 999 calls from a mobile number linked to the defendant.

They were silent calls in which Baker didn't ask for any assistance and due to the demand his calls were causing, he was blocked.

The block was lifted on November 12 and within 35 minutes of him being able to call again, six more calls came through from the same number.

Police attended the defendant's address and arrested him, at which point he was found to have a bag of white powder which turned out to be cocaine.

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Probation officer Pamela Roberts told the court: "Mr Baker accepts his offending behaviour is linked to substance misuse.

"He has little recollection of making the calls but does accept the facts.

"He says the offending was committed following him going to a party where he consumed cocaine.

"When he got home, he made the calls."

Ms Roberts said the defendant, a roofer, was "at a loss" to explain why he made the calls, but that he became "paranoid" after taking cocaine.

"He started to experiment with cocaine from the age of 16," she added.

"He was using up to £500 a week on the habit but this is something he's keen to address."

Alun Williams, defending, reiterated that he "suffers terribly from paranoia" after using drugs.

"He's crying out for assistance," he concluded.

Deputy District Judge John Rowan told the defendant: "Cocaine is going to ruin your life. It's as simple as that.

"[It] leads to a variety of other offending and in this case you make nuisance calls to the police.

"They have better things to be doing than listening to you sitting on the phone because you're paranoid on cocaine.

"By having to answer your calls, it's diverting people away who need 999."

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He said while the calling did not cause "major disruption," it was nevertheless "an absolute nuisance."

Baker received a 12 month community order with a six month drug rehabilitation order and a 120 day alcohol abstinence monitoring order.

He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £114 victim surcharge.